Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Blumberg, a pioneer in the field of Astrobiology, was one of history's greatest explorer-scientists. In 1976, he shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his discovery for the antigen of the virus that causes Hepatitis B. In 1999, he was the founding director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). In 2008, he became the first Distinguished Scientist of both the NAI and the NASA Lunar Science Institute. Dr. Blumberg passed away on April 5, 2011 at the NASA Ames Research Center, after giving a keynote address on developing an International Lunar Research Park on the Moon.
He leaves behind many family members, friends and colleagues who will miss him terribly and will never forget his great accomplishments, compassion and love for life.